Remembering a Passionate Architect, Leader, and Coworker
Today marks five years since the passing of Mike Karpinski, who after a long battle, succumbed to cancer in 2010. Throughout his last years, Mike maintained his sense of humor and positive attitude. Having the pleasure of working with Mike, we fondly remember his passion for architecture, his quick wit and humor, and his high level of professionalism that he demonstrated in his work.
Mike was an associate of our firm and was passionately focused in working on school projects. Oakmont Elementary School for Columbus City Schools (below) was one of his later projects that he completed with us. The success of the design of this project is a testimony to his knowledge and attention to detail.
I find it quite fitting that one of the projects of which he was instrumental in bringing into our office, an expansion to the St. Vincent Family Center in Columbus, has just recently been completed with classes opening this past week. I am sure Mike would have been pleased to have seen the realization of the school's growth and enlarged facilities, as he was involved in its early planning stages.
Mike was a very dedicated family man and spoke proudly of his wife and two sons. Today, we remember Mike as a passionate architect, leader, and coworker.
by Jim Mitchell
Principal, Executive Vice President, Director - Civic/Community Studio
As a registered architect for over 27 years and a State of Ohio Certified Master Plans Examiner and Chief Building Official, Jim is a wealth of knowledge regarding building codes. His favorite place to eat is Polaris Grille, and his favorite movie is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.